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Kim Wyant : Girls DOC

Kim Wyant

Girls DOC

Kim Wyant has the distinction of being the first Goalkeeper for the US Women’s National Team appearing in the inaugural US game in Italy in 1985. She has played 16 international games as the US Goalkeeper, and is forever in US soccer history for appearing as the first US goalkeeper, recording the first ever shutout, and netting the first ever win. In 2008, Kim was given the ‘Special Recognition Award’ by the National Soccer Hall of Fame honoring her contribution to the winning way of the Women’s National Team.

The Long Island resident is the Long Island Lady Riders all-time leader in minutes played with 8,636 minutes during nine seasons, and second all time in games played with 99. She fortified the defense in leading Long Island to W-League National Championships in 1995 and 1997 and an improbable 2-0 victory over the Brazilian Women's National Team in 1999. During her career with the Lady Riders she was the dominate goalkeeper of the W-League, winning Goalkeeper of The Year Honors four consecutive years- 1995, 96, 97, and 98. She was also honored as the Most Valuable Player for her performance in the 1997 Championship series, and has twice been selected as a W-league All Star.

After retirement from her stellar playing career, Kim was named General Manager of the Lady Riders. Prior to her promotion, Kim implemented the team’s very successful camps and youth academy. Under her direction the Lady Riders twice received the USL W-League ‘Organization of the Year’ awarded annually to the top USL organization displaying excellence both on and off the field. Kim also served as the team interim coach during the 2002 season, leading the team to the playoffs and, an 11-1-1 record. In 2003, Kim was inducted into the United Soccer League’s Soccer Hall of Fame.

Kim served as the head coach for Florida Atlantic University’s women’s soccer team from 1995 through 1998, and Dowling College from 2003-2006. She exited college coaching to pursue interest in youth soccer.

In 1998 Kim served as a FIFA Staff Coach in Trinidad, where she instructed National team coaches from the CONCACAF region on the modern demands of goalkeeping. Kim is the creator and founder of Above All Goalkeeping camps, and is widely regarded as one of the top goalkeeper coaches in the Southeast.

In 1982 Kim appeared in the first NCAA National Soccer Championship as a scholarship member of The University of Central Florida. Although her team lost, she was named the games Most Valuable Player. She was recently inducted into UCF’s Hall of Fame (2010 Class).

Kim is a US Soccer licensed coach, holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma, and a Psychology degree from UCF. She has served as a clinician for many soccer organizations, and has published articles in various newsletters and publications.

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